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April 17
YVCC’s Famous Black Box Poetry Slam is back, but with a lower valley twist

​YVCC Yakima Campus - On Thursday, April 23, YVCC's annual Famous Black Box Poetry Slam returns after a three year layoff. YVCC will host the Slam in the YVCC Deccio Higher Education Center in the Parker Room on the Yakima Campus. Doors open for sign up at 6:00pm, event will begin at 6:30pm. Admission is $2 cash which then becomes the prize pot for the top three artists. All forms of spoken word are welcome. Performers are expected to have 3-5 poems/spoken word pieces prepared.

This year's event has a twist. YVCC and Heritage University are partnering on the Slam. Heritage's Slam will be held on Wednesday, April 22 at 1:00pm in the Barnhill Fireside Room. The top three from Heritage are invited to the Yakima Slam Thursday night where they will jump over the preliminary round into the semi-finals. In addition, YVCC Writing Center Instructional Classroom Technician Johnny Schofield will direct The Spoken Word Workshop on April 21 at Heritage University in the Barnhill Fireside Room from 1:30-2:30pm. The workshop is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the Title V cooperative grant with YVCC and Heritage University.

"We wanted to reach out to other parts of greater Yakima, so it seemed natural to partner with Heritage," stated YVCC English Instructor and longtime host and organizer of the Famous Black Box Poetry Slam Mark Fuzie. "Without knowing what kind of response we would get, we decided to keep it simple," he continued. What Fuzie envisions in the future is a friendly competition between the YVCC and Heritage.

The Famous Black Box Poetry Slam has been a community favorite since Fuzie started it in 2002. Traditionally it had been held in Kendall Auditorium's Black Box. However, that space is currently being renovated and so the event had to be moved. After looking at how the Parker Room could be configured and lighted, Fuzie and Schofield decided that location would be best. "The room allows us to customize the seating to give that Black Box feel and the lighting can be delicious," said Schofield.

"Some people think Slam poetry is all about anger and activism, but that hasn't been the case in Yakima," said Fuzie. "All kinds of people show up to the event with different styles of spoken word art, hip-hop, free-form, storytelling, and improve," he continued.  As Schofield put it, "It's my first Yakima slam. I can't wait to see how Yakimites vivify the world with their spoken poetry." Fuzie added, "Contestants have only three minutes on stage. You can survive three minutes of just about anything."​

The events are open to the public. For more information contact Mark Fuzie at 509.574.6800 x 3160 or  

April 07
Winter 2015 Graduates

Yakima, Washington - Yakima Valley Community College is pleased to announce graduates for Winter Quarter 2015. Included are the requirements for these degrees as well as the list of graduates and their degrees.

General Education Requirements: In order to meet general requirements, all candidates for degrees from Yakima Valley Community College must have:

  1. A minimum of 90 quarter credits; some professional/technical degrees require more.
  2. A cumulative college-level grade point average of 2.0 or higher at YVCC.
  3. A minimum of 24 credits completed at YVCC.

General Education in Transfer Degrees: General education in transfer degrees introduces students to the content and methodology of the major areas of knowledge-the humanities, the natural sciences, and the social sciences. The faculty has identified and adopted two fundamental abilities essential to lifelong learning that are assessed in courses across the degree.

  • Analytical Reasoning is the ability to consider an issue, idea, or concept systematically and assess the component parts and their application.
  • Communication includes the delivery and reception of ideas.

Six other abilities reflect skills and values which the faculty consider important to being an educated person. Historical perspective, research, aesthetic literacy, service learning, problem solving, and cross-cultural global perspective are practiced within various courses of the general education curriculum.

General Education Requirements for Applied Science:Professional/Technical Degrees and Certificates (45+ credits)

In order to be awarded an applied science degree or certificate, students must complete courses covering three core competency distribution areas: computation, communication, and human relations. Specific courses are required that will fulfill these competencies. The curriculum in professional/technical areas is competency based and has been developed to meet industry-wide skills standards.​​

YVCC-graduate list_Winter 2015.pdf

For more information about YVCC degrees and certificates visit

March 27
YVCC offers Flagger Training - April 17

Yakima Campus- Yakima Valley Community College will offer a Flagger Certification Training on April 17, 2015. YVCC's Flagger Training provides certification for work zone traffic control flaggers. Participants will receive a flagger handbook, classroom instruction and group planning activities. Individuals will also have the opportunity to take the Washington State certification exam. The training will be held from 8:00am - 4:00pm in YVCC's Yakima Valley Skills Center Building, Room W106, on the Yakima Campus. The cost is $45. Deadline to register is April 16, 2015.​

How to Register

      Step 1:  Visit YVCC's Registration Office and complete the Registration Form

      Step 2:  Pay the training fee at YVCC's Cashiering Office

      Step 3:  Bring a copy of your receipt to the training

The Flagger Certification Training is offered at a variety of times throughout the academic year. For more information contact 509.574.4911 or​

March 26
YVCC Aerospace Machining Technology to host Open House

​Yakima Campus - YVCC's Aerospace Machining Technology will host an Open House on Friday, April 17 from 9:00-1:00pm.

Participants will have the opportunity to tour the machine shop, meet with instructors, learn about careers available in the industry and register for fall quarter classes. The event will take place in YVCC's Skills Center building, Room W212 located on the corner of S. 16th and Prasch avenues.

YVCC now offers an associate of applied science degree in aerospace machining technology. The program prepares student for entry-level positions in the manufacturing industry. Students can also earn certificates in CNC operator or machining technology. Course instruction includes: blueprint reading, manual machining, computerized machining, metrology, quality control, engineering drawing, CADD and CAM software as well as CMM programming.

Degree Options:
Associate of Applied Science in Aerospace Machining Technology

Certificate Options:
Machining Technology
CNC Operator

For more information visit YVCC's website:

Contact YVCC instructors Rajkumar Raj at 509.574.4752 / or
Don Roeber at 509.574.6800 x 3314 /

March 26
YVCC Allied Health Technology to host Information Session

​Yakima Campus - Join Instructor Libby McRae for an Information Session about YVCC's Allied Health Technology programs including medical assisting, medical billing & coding, pharmacy technician, surgical technology, phlebotomy, and medical interpreter.

McRae will host an Information Session on the first Tuesday of every month from 6:15-7:00pm in the Allied Health Technology building, Room Q102. The building is located on the South side of Nob Hill Blvd off Prasch Avenue.

Topics will include applying to YVCC, next steps to enroll in a program of your choice and specific program requirements. The evening will close with a questions and answers. Anyone interested is encouraged to attend. The event is free and open to the public.

Information Session Dates:

April 7, 2015
May 12, 2015
June 9, 2015
July 7, 2015
August 4, 2015

For more information visit: Questions can be directed to 509.574.6845 or

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